Professor Elias Mossialos: WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic 4 months ago

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It has been 4 months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

At the time of writing, Greece has reported 3,803 coronavirus cases and 193 related fatalities.

In the meantime, medical knowledge about the virus has been enriched.

According to Elias Mossialos, Professor in Health Policy and Head of Department at the London School of Economics, coronavirus has been found to be associated with a number of adverse effects on other systems of the human body besides the respiratory, such as the cardiovascular, urinary, digestive, endocrine and nervous.

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Professor Mossialos made the announcement on Facebook: "Although COVID-19 causes significant respiratory conditions, we now know that it can also lead to many extrapulmonary manifestations. Since the virus receptor entering the cells is expressed in multiple extrapulmonary tissues, direct viral tissue damage is one of the mechanisms of attack. In addition, endothelial damage, the effect of inflammation on the hemostatic system, the deregulation of immune responses, and other mechanisms associated with the input receptor may contribute to these extrapulmonary manifestations of COVID-19."

"It is now clear that we are facing a new multi-system disease. It is also clear that in all countries, physicians and scientists aim to identify and monitor the spectrum of all these mechanisms of dysfunction and symptoms, and to develop research priorities and treatment strategies for all organ systems involved. And all this in real time, in the midst of a pandemic. The coronavirus will change the medical and biomedical research we knew," he concluded.